While the United States Constitution was based on a lot of the same principles as our mother country, we take freedom of speech much more seriously than they do in Great Britain or in much of the world.
That has both an upside and a downside. Our First Amendment protects even the most vile speech, up to a point, but in England, they take ugly speech much more seriously. In fact, a person can be arrested for saying hateful things.
In London, a 36-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, began an Islamophobic rant on a city bus. The video is viral there, but it hasn’t gone viral here. According to The Guardian:
Video footage taken by a fellow passenger shows a woman, accompanied by a child in a pushchair, shouting abuse at two Muslim women, and continuing after the bus driver comes out of his cab twice to try to defuse the situation.
At one point the woman in the video can be heard swearing and telling the women to “go back to your own country”, and she appears to threaten to kick one of the Muslim women – who is pregnant – in the stomach.
“I will kick you in the stomach. I will pull that down and kick you, so you never have a kid again,” she says. “I will donkey kick you. It will be the first time I’ve ever resorted to violence in public.”
Watch the rant that got this hateful woman arrested:
Featured image via YouTube video screen capture.